Vatican II urged active involvement in the life of the Church by
emphasizing the principles of collaboration responsibility,
consultation and lay participation.
Pastors know that Christ did not mean for them to shoulder alone
the entire mission of the Church themselves. A Pastor
needs to consult with the laity who in turn have the right to
express their views and concerns to the Pastor. An important
structure to foster this collaboration in the mission is the
Parish Pastoral Council.
Code of Canon Law, 536 deals specifically with Parish Pastoral
Councils, "A pastoral council is to be established in each
the pastor presides over it, and through it the Christian faithful along
with those who share in the pastoral care of the
parish in virtue of their office give their help in fostering
pastoral activity. This pastoral council possesses a
consultative vote only and is governed by norms determined by
the diocesan bishop.
Agnes Parish Council meets once a month, September through June.
members of the Pastoral Council are
Members serve three-year non-concurrent terms.
Council can be contacted through the Parish Office or by e-mail
Guidelines for Pastoral Councils
St. Agnes Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes